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How to Make a Glass Ball
How to make a glass ball
You can use this technique on a plain ball, or one with a pattern.
1. Make your circle
2. Deselect and add a new raster layer.
3. Go to your color pallette and pick a color darker then the one you are using as shown below.
4. Now use your air brush tool and spray around the edges of the ball. It is ok to go over the edges.
Now you should have a mess like below..lol..
5. Using your retouch tool click on smudge. See below
6. Now smudge the spray so that it is smooth looking.
7. Now back on your retouch tool, click on soften. Blend the area smooth.
It should now look like this.
8. Now click on your layer pallette and click on the layer with the circle
9. Using your lasso circle around the circle so the lasso is on the edges.
10. Click on Selections, click on invert
11. Back to your layer pallette. Click on the layer with the air brush spray
12. Now erase all that access junk. Deselect.
13. Add a new raster layer.
14. Click on your selection tool and click on ellipse. Make an ellipse as shown below
it is ok if it is not quite centered as you can use your move tool to move it later.
15. Now click on your color palette and click on gradients. You should have some fade from black to white gradient in there. Sometimes it is at the very top. If not, you can make your foreground color white and background color black to get the same effect.
16. Flood fill the ellipse as shown below.
17. Now deselect.
18. Click on your layer palette, click on that layer, click on normal, you will get a drop down of selections to choose from. Click on screen.
Your ball should now look like below.
19. Now merge your layers visable
20. Back to your retouch tool, click on soften, size 2, and smooth the edges around the ellipse. Then smooth the edges around the ball.
Your ball should now look like this.
Your done. More tips. When you spray the edges, after you have erased the access you can adjust the opacity on your layer palette if the edges seem to dark. You can also adjust the ellipse the same way if you choose.